Politics

Milk Not Jails

Milk Not Jails performs at the book launch for "Maroon the Implacable" by political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz on March 22, 2013 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY. It was the opening night of a convergence called "Changing the Climate: (r)Evolution for social and environmental justice" organized by Ecosocialist Horizons. During the prison construction boom of the 1980s and 1990s, many economically depressed, rural towns hoped that prisons would jump start their local economies. New York’s prison population has tripled since 1980 and a disproportionate number of those incarcerated are black and Latino folks from just a few New York City neighborhoods. Milk Not Jails is an economic alternative to the prison industry. They are a dairy marketing and distribution co-operative and they are a political campaign building an alliance for a sustainable and just regional economy. Milk Not Jails is building a regional economy that depends on bringing city residents local, healthy food, not locking them up. milknotjails.wordpress.com ecosocialisthorizons.com mediasanctuary.org

Colia Clark

Civil rights activist Colia Clark speaking at the book launch for "Maroon the Implacable" by political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz on March 22, 2013 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY. It was the opening night of a convergence called "Changing the Climate: (r)Evolution for social and environmental justice" organized by Ecosocialist Horizons. Colia Clark is a long time activist and educator, and a veteran of the civil rights movement. Her work has included activism in the fields of women's rights and workers' rights, as well as activism and advocacy for homeless people and youth. She worked with the Cynthia McKinney for President campaign with "Power to the People." Clark is a chair of Grandmothers for the Release of Mumia Abu Jamal. During the Civil Rights era, Colia Clark was a Special Assistant to Medgar W. Evers, field Secretary for the NAACP. Clark later joined the Mississippi Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) doing voter registration work. Ms. Clark has recently been active in humanitarian relief efforts for Haiti. She believes that the rebuilding of Haiti starts with the removal of occupying troops from the UN and the US. ecosocialisthorizons.com mediasanctuary.org

Muntadas on "Political Advertisement"

Renowned Spanish media artist Muntadas visited The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 2, 2012 for a screening of "Political Advertisement," a look at the past, present and future of television advertising in U.S. presidential elections. This discussion with the audience was moderated by Galen Joseph-Hunter and Mary Anne Staniszewski. www.mediasanctuary.org

"What's the Matter with White People?" with Joan Walsh

Salon.com editor-at-large and MSNBC political analyst Joan Walsh suggests in her book about America since the upheavals of the ’60s and ’70s that as the U.S. become a truly multiracial country, the notion of e pluribus unum–out of many, one–is going to matter more to all of us. "What's the Matter with White People?" explains how an "us vs. them" attitude has arisen in the minds of many Americans (on both sides of the political spectrum), and how that racial inequality and strife has divided our nation. Recorded live at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 3,2012. www.mediasanctuary.org

"Roadmap to Apartheid" Q&A

The documentary film "Roadmap to Apartheid" was screened at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on October 5, 2012, accompanied by filmmakers Ana Noguiera and Eron Davidson in a Q&A moderated by Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, director of the SUNY Albany Judaic Studies Program. www.RoadmaptoApartheid.org www.mediasanctuary.org Created by Ana Noguiera (South African) and Eron Davidson (Israeli), "Roadmap to Apartheid" explores in detail the apartheid comparison as it is used in the enduring Israel-Palestine conflict. As much an historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid, the film shows us why many Palestinians feel they are living in a similar system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them. Featuring interviews with South Africans, Israelis and Palestinians, "Roadmap to Apartheid" winds its way through the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and inside Israel moving from town to town and issue to issue to show why the apartheid analogy is being used with increasing potency. It analyzes the similar historical narratives between Zionism and the Afrikaaners; the relationship the two governments shared during the apartheid years; the effectiveness of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that helped end apartheid in South Africa, and how this relates to the Israel-Palestine context.

# Occupy Guitarmy 2012

Tom Morello and his Guitarmy weren't deterred by the NYPD on May Day 2012, as they took over Bryant Park and then took off down 7th Avenue to Union Square. How many police officers did it take to guard against the peaceful protesters that day? 17,000! But they couldn't stop the Guitarmy... www.mediasanctuary.org

May Day Occupy Albany

Hundreds of people celebrated May Day 2012 in downtown Albany NY with an all-day event at Academy Park, as supporters of the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District and Occupy Albany joined to mark the true labor day with a modern affirmation of historic class struggle between labor and capital. We are the 99%! www.occupyalbany.org www.hmimc.org www.jflan.net/solidarity

Barbara Smith on David Gilbert's "Love and Struggle"

Barbara Smith reads a selection from "Love and Struggle," during the event "Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street" on March 3, 2012 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. David Gilbert's new book, "Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond," sparks a dialogue about what social justice movements can learn from each other. Currently serving a 75 year to life sentence in the New York State prison system, Gilbert chose a political path--an Eagle Scout turned member of the Weather Underground. In other segments, a panel of today's young activists will talk with '60s revolutionaries about their common struggles, grounded by critical exchange and self-reflection. Panelists include Naomi Jaffe, Barbara Smith, Jeff Jones, Dan Lyles, Laura Travison, Victorio Reyes and special guest Larry White, co-founder of The New Jim Crow Movement to End Mass Incarceration. www.mediasanctuary.org

Victorio Reyes on David Gilbert's "Love and Struggle"

Victorio Reyes reads a selection from "Love and Struggle" during the event "Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street" on March 3, 2012 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. David Gilbert's book, "Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond," sparks a dialogue about what social justice movements can learn from each other. Currently serving a 75 year to life sentence in the New York State prison system, Gilbert chose a political path--an Eagle Scout turned member of the Weather Underground. In other segments, a panel of today's young activists will talk with '60s revolutionaries about their common struggles, grounded by critical exchange and self-reflection. Panelists include Naomi Jaffe, Barbara Smith, Jeff Jones, Dan Lyles, Laura Travison, Victorio Reyes and special guest Larry White, co-founder of The New Jim Crow Movement to End Mass Incarceration. www.mediasanctuary.org

Jeff Jones on David Gilbert's "Love and Struggle"

Jeff Jones reads a selection from "Love and Struggle," during the event "Weather Underground Meets Occupy Wall Street" on March 3, 2012 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY. David Gilbert's new book, "Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, the Weather Underground, and Beyond," sparks a dialogue about what social justice movements can learn from each other. Currently serving a 75 year to life sentence in the New York State prison system, Gilbert chose a political path--an Eagle Scout turned member of the Weather Underground. In other segments, a panel of today's young activists will talk with '60s revolutionaries about their common struggles, grounded by critical exchange and self-reflection. Panelists include Naomi Jaffe, Barbara Smith, Jeff Jones, Dan Lyles, Laura Travison, Victorio Reyes and special guest Larry White, co-founder of The New Jim Crow Movement to End Mass Incarceration. www.mediasanctuary.org

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